A PROUD MOMENT—Tabitha Stanislaw, Women’s Business Enterprise Council of PA-DE-sNJ chair; Robert A. James, Program Manager, Supplier Diversity, Highmark Health; Geri Swift, president, Women’s Business Enterprise Council PA-DE-sNJ

A PROUD MOMENT—Tabitha Stanislaw, Women’s Business Enterprise Council of PA-DE-sNJ chair; Robert A. James, Program Manager, Supplier Diversity, Highmark Health; Geri Swift, president, Women’s Business Enterprise Council PA-DE-sNJ

The experience from working in his family’s medical oriented business while growing up in the Moon Township area has assisted in preparing Robert A. James to work at Highmark Health the past 13 months.

In October of 2015 he assumed the position as program manager for supplier diversity, at the national health and wellness organization that employs over 35,000 people and serves more than 50 million Americans in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

As program manager for supplier diversity, James outlined his responsibilities as developing and executing strategies for supplier diversity initiatives that align with the vision and values of Highmark Health.

Elated to be in the position, he says, “Through our supplier diversity program we vigorously support diversity and inclusion in the workforce and the community. We foster an environment where openness, inclusiveness and supportiveness are extended to all. By attracting and retaining diverse suppliers we welcome individuals with new ideas, different experiences and fresh perspectives.

“Diverse suppliers help make us stronger more innovative as a business equipped to serve as many customers and communities in a more competitive market place. Our fundamental goal is to increase the levels of diverse spend on bids and services required by our enterprise by looking for a growing number of partnerships with individuals and businesses within the different communities that we serve. We are always looking to ensure that we have full and open competition.

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